Tourism-dependent Spain aims to reopen borders to visitors around the end of June as its coronavirus lockdown fully unwinds, a minister said on Monday, in a much-needed boost for the ravaged travel sector.Madrid last week surprised its European Union partners by imposing a two-week quarantine on all overseas travellers and effectively keeping borders closed, saying that was needed to avoid importing a second wave of the COVID-19 disease.
Peter Eisenmann has put his 1,064 hectare Es Fangar estate on the market for more than 100 million euros.The German businessman declared himself insolvent in Germany a few months ago but insisted back then that the economic difficulties of his company would not affect his interests in Majorca.
Es Fangar is located near Son Macià, between Manacor and Felanitx, is one of the biggest properties in Majorca and insiders say several interested buyers have already visited the property.
Marratxi ceramics fair The Fira del Fang, which gets under way on Saturday, is the thirty-sixth edition of an event that celebrates the clay (fang) that abounds in Marratxí and what that clay produces - ceramics. The fair is dedicated to artisan ceramic products and it was established in 1984 with the precise intention of supporting the labours of ceramicists, especially those from Marratxí. In the past, the fair has been honoured by receiving a national prize from the Spanish Association of Ceramics' Towns. The fair has contributed to the "prestige and diffusion of Spanish ceramics".
The lack of clouds in the sky and perfect visibility has given Minorcans a bird’s eye view of Majorca.Josep Bagur captured this beautiful shot from Ciutadella which clearly shows the coastline and craggy mountains of Majorca and the perspective makes it look like the two islands are very close to each other.
he Aviba association of travel agents in the Balearics has given its support to plans for remodelling facilities at Son Sant Joan Airport. These, the association believe, will "prioritise the security and comfort of users, travellers and workers".On Monday, Xisco Mulet, the Aviba president, echoed what the Aena airports authority has been saying about the plans. They are for "remodelling and improving, not expanding". In Aviba's view there is no need to expand facilities. For the three main months of the summer, the airport provides "a meticulous service for all its flights". For the rest of the year, there is a lower number of flights and so "we don't see the necessity for expansion".
It’s a foggy start to the day in Palma but the sun will come out this afternoon and the temperature will soar to 21 degrees with an overnight low of 10 but it will be very windy at times.Andratx is warm and sunny and 20 degrees with a 25 kilometre northerly wind and a low of 8.Porto Cristo is partly sunny, partly cloudy with a top temperature of 21 and a low of 11 degrees.Over on the east side of the island, Santanyi’s morning mist will clear away very quickly and it’ll be sunny the rest of the day with a high of 20, a low of 9 degrees and a strong breeze.It’s a windy day in Pollensa too but it’s lovely and sunny with a high of 23 degrees that will drop to 6 after dark.Deya is 20 degrees and partly sunny, partly cloudy with a northerly breeze that will be strong at times and a low of 8.Feb 25 What’s OnIt’s tapas Tuesday in Palma! Enjoy the authentic taste of Majorca and a beer for less than 3 euros on La Ruta Martiana. For more information and a map of all the bars taking part log on to rutamartiana.wordpress.com.Explore the history, paintings and sculptures of Joan Miró with a guided tour at the Pilar and Joan Miró Fundació in Palma. It’s open from 10am until 6pm Tuesday to Saturday and from 10am until 3pm on Sundays and holidays until May 15.There’s still time to see the the 100 years of Glamour Exhibition at the Museu de Mallorca in Palma. It features the work of famous designers from all over the world and there’s also 69 pieces from the Antoni de Montpalau Collection. The museum is open today from 10am until 6pm at number 5 Carrer de la Portella in Palma.It’s reggae night at the Shamrock in Palma and Glasford & The Providence are onstage from midnight, it’s free to get in and it’s open until 5am.
The Hollywood Actor and Producer, Michael Douglas is back in Majorca and is reportedly planning to stay at his s’Estaca property for a few days.After the death of his father, Kirk Douglas, a few weeks ago, he took refuge in Majorca with his family, but this time it seems he came alone. His wife, Catherine Zeta Jones and children, Cameron, Dylan and Carys have not been seen at the property.
British entrepreneur Richard Branson will unveil the Scarlet Lady later today, a 60,000 tonne cruise liner complete with a tattoo studio and yoga deck aimed at drawing in a younger generation of holiday-makers. The ship is due to visit Palma from next summer as part of a major Mediterranean cruise plan.Despite the unfortunate timing, with passengers on one ship quarantined after hundreds caught the coronavirus and another turned away by five countries over fears someone on board may be ill, Branson sees cruises as a growth area.With the Virgin brand already offering everything from airlines to banking, TV, healthclubs and travel, he has set his sights on a boutique hotel-style pitch."I have dreamed of starting my own cruise line since I was in my 20s and I'm thrilled that moment has arrived,» he said in a statement."The Scarlet Lady is truly special and we've worked with some of the world's most sought-after designers, artists and architects to craft an extraordinary experience."The launch date though comes at an undeniably awkward time. The coronavirus epidemic, which originated in mainland China and has killed more than 2,100 people, has taken a toll on cruise operators as travel restrictions and the fear of it spreading have also led to cancellations of trips in the Far East.Virgin Voyages will unveil the first of four ships in Dover on the south coast of England before she sails on to the United States for a maiden voyage around the Caribbean in April.Demand for cruising holidays has leapt over the past decade, with some 32 million passengers expected to set sail in 2020, a figure that has almost doubled since 2009.The United States is the biggest market for passengers, with the Caribbean and Mediterranean the most popular destinations for the leading cruise lines including Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian.Like other Virgin brands, Branson's Voyages line will target younger tourists with spas, a gym, 20 restaurants, DJ sets, drag queens and a vinyl store. Children are not allowed. Apart from the virus, the cruise industry has also been forced to address its environmental impact and improve its cooperation with ports to prevent multiple ships from flooding thousands of tourists into tiny coastal communities at once, destroying their way of life.Virgin Voyages says it is one of the first cruise lines to use Climeon, a technology that generates electricity from the heat of the ship's engine to reduce its demand for fuel, while it will also purchase carbon offsets.Built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, the Scarlet Lady will host 2,770 passengers and 1,160 crew.
The Font de ses Aiguades is a cave at some fourteen metres below the surface of the sea close to the shore in Alcanada, Alcudia. It was located and explored in 1998, when Roman amphora jars were found along with items from the time of the Muslim occupation of Majorca.The technology has now advanced to allow more thorough exploration. Last August, radio and geolocation systems as well as 3D photogrammetry were used in providing greater knowledge of the cave and in identifying more amphoras. This coming October there will be more examination.
The sun is out in Majorca but don’t be fooled it’s not nearly as warm as it looks.
Figures from Spain's College of Property Registrars indicate that 29.4% of home sales in the Balearics last year were to foreign buyers. In 2019, there was a total of 13,951 sales in the Balearics; 4,112 of these were to foreign buyers. The 29.4% was the highest percentage for any region of Spain.In the whole of the country some 63,000 homes were bought by foreigners: 12.45% of all sales (just over 500,000). This percentage was down from 12.64% in 2018 and what had been a peak of 13.25% in 2016. The fall was in part attributed to a decline in sales to UK buyers, who nevertheless remained the most important market. In the third quarter of 2019, UK purchasers accounted for 14.54% of all sales to foreign buyers. This slipped to 13.94% in the final quarter. Some way behind were French (7.85%), German (7.12%) and Moroccan (6.17%).
The Coupe d’Aviation Maritime Jacques Schneider, commonly referred to as the Schneider Trophy or the Schneider Prize, was a competition for seaplanes and flying boats that was held on a dozen occasions between 1913 and 1931. The Jacques Schneider in question was a French financier who also, it just so happened, was a hot-air balloon and airplane fanatic.The first prize was worth around one thousand pounds, the competition having been in the form of a time trial to complete courses of up to 350 kilometres. The starting and finishing points apparently used to attract vast numbers of spectators - anything in the region of 200,000. The 1913 trophy was held in Monaco. Other venues included Bournemouth and Cowes, while in 1925 the competition crossed the Atlantic to Chesapeake Bay.
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